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When they started dating in 2009, Steven was playing hockey 2-3 days a week and Monica was going to college for Musical Theatre and in 3 dance classes a week. Fast forward to spring of 2016: they just had their second child and no longer were playing hockey or in dance classes. In November 2016 Monica had her 10 year high school reunion and found herself needing to purchase a pair of pants in a size 20. This was an eye opener for her, but justified it on the baby weight she had yet to lose. It didn’t make needing to purchase a bigger size any easier, but at least she had something to blame it on. At the same time, Steven was wearing a size 40 pants and 2XL shirts. They knew that they were out of shape, but needed to both be on board to start their weight loss journey together and make the necessary changes to see results.

On January 9, 2017, Monica’s work began an eight-week long ‘Biggest Loser’ competition to promote healthy living, which prompted her and Steven get things started. They used to split a large pizza for dinner and then have a full bowl of ice cream (with toppings) for dessert a few times a week. To start on their weight loss journey, they cut out all junk food and began eating the proper portion sizes of much better food. This definitely got the ball rolling, but after a few months they wanted to step things up and find a workout program that would not only help them continue to lose weight, but also tone their new bodies into a healthier and stronger version of their old selves.

They purchased the DDP Yoga Program on April 23, 2017 and began with Diamond Dozen the next day. They have been working their butts off (literally!) for the last two months and staying faithful to the workout schedule and their new diet. They have gone out of town twice since starting DDP Yoga but have brought their yoga mats and DVDs with them! No excuses!

They both admit that without each other’s support, it would be nearly impossible to have had as much success with the program as they have had. Steven is back to playing hockey twice a week and Monica is in rehearsals for her first musical in over two years! Steven is now in a size 33 pants and large shirt and Monica is wearing size 12 pants.

They are back on track and excited to see where their new lifestyle leads them!

Steven says “If a year ago someone told me that next year I’d be in the best shape of my life, I wouldn’t believe them! It’s more than just changing what you eat and what you do. It’s a lifestyle change.”

Monica says “I see the changes in my body and feel stronger. This new me is how I always wanted others to see me as! We are healthier for our kids, each other, and most importantly, ourselves!”

PS- Monica won the ‘Biggest Loser’ competition at work by having the highest percentage of weight loss of any other competitor!

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